The minutes of the Schools Forum meeting held on 4 December 2018 were agreed as a correct record, subject to the following amendment:
Minute 672, page 6, second paragraph, final sentence should read: “ …… confirming there would be no implications for the Schools Block.”
Matters Arising from those Minutes:
Minute 668 (Schools Forum Membership) refers: It was noted that Jo Matthews had stood down as Special School/PRU Representative. The Chair acknowledged Jo Matthews’ valued support and contribution, and explained she would continue as an observer. As a result, the three special/PRU academies had confirmed that Neil Sykes would become Academy Special School member and Jamie Rockman would become Academy PRU member, both for a term of office of two years effective from the date of this meeting.
Minute 670 (DSG Monitoring Report 2018/19) refers: a supplementary paper had been issued following discussion at the meeting. As per DfE Regulations, Schools Forum was asked to acknowledge the projected DSG outturn for the year and to formally give approval that the overall deficit be carried forward into 2019-20.
Schools Forum acknowledged the situation and gave approval that the deficit would be carried forward.
Minute 673 (Banding - High Needs top-up funding - Working Group update) refers: Vikram Hansrani explained that an email had been sent in early January to those schools with representation at the November Working Group meeting. Friday 25 January had been given as a cut-off for feedback and the Group was due to reconvene on Wednesday 30 January. A report on the final funding model would be presented at the next Schools Forum meeting.
Minute 674 (Resource Base update) refers: Vikram Hansrani reported that draft Service Level Agreements (SLAs) had been sent to maintained settings. The documentation for academy schools was approximately two weeks behind schedule but was due to be sent out during the week of this meeting.